Undergoing a rebirth in the past few years, New Orleans is emerging as a tourist hot spot packed with activities and with some pretty hefty deals. Travel + Leisure magazine recently voted the Southern city as the No. 1 U.S. nightlife destination. But a trip beyond Bourbon Street showcases that this city has more to offer than just the famous hurricane drinks and sparkly beads.
Taste what makes New Orleans a foodie's paradise. Home to five AAA 4-Diamond restaurants and a smattering of Creole-inspired restaurants (serving crawfish, jambalaya and pecan pie), New Orleans' cuisine stands out as one of the most memorable parts of a trip. Dine at a restaurant with a courtyard for a true Southern experience.
Hear what the locals listen to by making your way to Frenchmen Street. A less-glitzy version of Bourbon, this two-block area pumps lively, soulful music any night of the week.
Feel the treasures and trinkets, from Mardi Gras masks to voodoo dolls, in the French Market. This six-block district features retail shops, restaurants, a flea market and ongoing special events. Walk to the southernmost part of the French Market, and you'll be near the famous Cafe Du Monde, which brings us to the scents of the Big Eay.
Smell the fresh beignets (French doughnuts) and coffee at Cafe Du Monde's open-air coffee stand. This is a "must stop" place on any New Orleans vacation.